The game's objective is to build Montréal, travelling through three key eras in the city's development. Players use their own strategies and confront many of the same problems the city's original founders faced. How will the players measure up to the achievements of the real builders of Montréal?

Building Montréal brings the important phases of Montréal's development to life, giving players a sense of the historical context, the day-to-day realities and the major issues of each period. The course taken by each period was chosen for its ability to represent these issues and realities. Players encounter the types of characters linked to Montréal's development and must rise to the challenge of building the city by making careful choices and adopting intelligent strategies. At the end of each period, players can compare the Montréal they built with the real Montréal of the period.
The game's objective is to build Montréal, travelling through three key eras in the city's development. Players use their own strategies and confront many of the same problems the city's original founders faced. How will the players measure up to the achievements of the real builders of Montréal?

Building Montréal brings the important phases of Montréal's development to life, giving players a sense of the historical context, the day-to-day realities and the major issues of each period. The course taken by each period was chosen for its ability to represent these issues and realities. Players encounter the types of characters linked to Montréal's development and must rise to the challenge of building the city by making careful choices and adopting intelligent strategies. At the end of each period, players can compare the Montréal they built with the real Montréal of the period.

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Convey the fact that Montréal's early development was characterized by precariousness, related in particular to the war with certain Aboriginal groups. Tensions with the Aboriginal nations gradually diminished and died down for good with the Great Peace of 1701. Convey the fact that Montréal's location at the confluence of various water routes made it the nerve centre of the fur trade.
  • Convey the fact that Montréal's early development was characterized by precariousness, related in particular to the war with certain Aboriginal groups. Tensions with the Aboriginal nations gradually diminished and died down for good with the Great Peace of 1701.
  • Convey the fact that Montréal's location at the confluence of various water routes made it the nerve centre of the fur trade.

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Establish Fort Ville-Marie in a strategic location. Do business at the annual "fur fair." Create alliances with different Aboriginal nations. Maintain a healthy population of colonists by feeding and housing them. Accumulate money and goods.
  • Establish Fort Ville-Marie in a strategic location.
  • Do business at the annual "fur fair."
  • Create alliances with different Aboriginal nations.
  • Maintain a healthy population of colonists by feeding and housing them.
  • Accumulate money and goods.

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Convey the fact that the second period in Montréal's development was characterized by the construction of stone fortifications, illustrating its defensive military role against the British. Convey the fact that the evolution of the urban structure inside the walls and the emergence of the faubourgs stemed in part from the fires that devastated the city. Convey the fact that the fur trade passed into British hands after the Conquest and underwent a large-scale reorganization, though its basic structure did not change.
  • Convey the fact that the second period in Montréal's development was characterized by the construction of stone fortifications, illustrating its defensive military role against the British.
  • Convey the fact that the evolution of the urban structure inside the walls and the emergence of the faubourgs stemed in part from the fires that devastated the city.
  • Convey the fact that the fur trade passed into British hands after the Conquest and underwent a large-scale reorganization, though its basic structure did not change.

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Build a stone wall around the city. Build stone houses inside the walls. Build at least one warehouse-residence and one warehouse attached to a house inside the walls. Build enough wood houses in the faubourgs to house the population. Establish an expedition network led by a French merchant in association with voyageurs. Resume the expedition network under the control of a Scottish merchant. Maintain a healthy population. Accumulate money and wealth.
  • Build a stone wall around the city.
  • Build stone houses inside the walls.
  • Build at least one warehouse-residence and one warehouse attached to a house inside the walls.
  • Build enough wood houses in the faubourgs to house the population.
  • Establish an expedition network led by a French merchant in association with voyageurs.
  • Resume the expedition network under the control of a Scottish merchant.
  • Maintain a healthy population.
  • Accumulate money and wealth.

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Following this era, the player will be able to:
use practical examples to explain the arrival of the industrial revolution in Montréal and the changes it caused in the urban landscape. demonstrate the importance of Montréal as a hub in the British North American import-export business and name the principal products imported and exported. place the socio-economic divides typical of this era into context.
Following this era, the player will be able to:
  • use practical examples to explain the arrival of the industrial revolution in Montréal and the changes it caused in the urban landscape.
  • demonstrate the importance of Montréal as a hub in the British North American import-export business and name the principal products imported and exported.
  • place the socio-economic divides typical of this era into context.

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Maintain a healthy population. House the population despite the waves of immigration. Accumulate money and wealth. Build the Wurtële Inn. Demolish five residence-stores, build five warehouse-stores and help to modernize the port. Find a job for a worker and lodgings for his family. Find lodgings for a rural French-Canadian woman and find the fastest way for her to get to work.
  • Maintain a healthy population.
  • House the population despite the waves of immigration.
  • Accumulate money and wealth.
  • Build the Wurtële Inn.
  • Demolish five residence-stores, build five warehouse-stores and help to modernize the port.
  • Find a job for a worker and lodgings for his family.
  • Find lodgings for a rural French-Canadian woman and find the fastest way for her to get to work.

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To define the concepts covered in Building Montréal, we drew up a chart that both identified the basic concepts to be conveyed through the game action and gave rise to game events which dramatically combined time, place and action to form scenarios that players would find appealing.

The table is made up of three well-defined periods, or eras. Each era was associated with a broad characteristic that marked the building of Montréal. The game lets players take a walk through time that is both realistic and well-documented, based on these three periods. Each era possess distinctive characteristics that are visible in Montréal's urban and human fabric. They correspond to periods of one century, making them easy to identify by our clientele.

For each period, we then sought "representative scenarios" or "historical focal points" to serve as tangible contexts through which the basic concepts could be conveyed in an entertaining form and personified through characters who carry out missions.
To define the concepts covered in Building Montréal, we drew up a chart that both identified the basic concepts to be conveyed through the game action and gave rise to game events which dramatically combined time, place and action to form scenarios that players would find appealing.

The table is made up of three well-defined periods, or eras. Each era was associated with a broad characteristic that marked the building of Montréal. The game lets players take a walk through time that is both realistic and well-documented, based on these three periods. Each era possess distinctive characteristics that are visible in Montréal's urban and human fabric. They correspond to periods of one century, making them easy to identify by our clientele.

For each period, we then sought "representative scenarios" or "historical focal points" to serve as tangible contexts through which the basic concepts could be conveyed in an entertaining form and personified through characters who carry out missions.

© Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaelogy and History 2006. All Rights Reserved.

All of Montréal's people contributed to "Building Montréal" through their past experiences, whether humble or famous. In this sense, Building Montréal is taking part in its:
architecture (e.g., buildings, facilities), enhancement (e.g., economic development), city life (e.g., social relationships, health, etc.) Remember:
taking part in architecture is not just about constructing buildings, it is also about living in them. taking part in enhancement is not just about starting a business, it is also about buying cabbages at the market. taking part in city life is not just about obtaining a royal order, it is also about not having a chamber pot dumped on your head! The historical focus of each period was based on its potential to convey meaning and represent the realities and issues of the time, always with a view toward the three dimensions of Building Montréal: architecture, enhancement and city life. We thus designed each focus so it would be possible to simultaneously explore elements of the urban framework, economic structure or social network sp Read More
All of Montréal's people contributed to "Building Montréal" through their past experiences, whether humble or famous. In this sense, Building Montréal is taking part in its:
  • architecture (e.g., buildings, facilities),
  • enhancement (e.g., economic development),
  • city life (e.g., social relationships, health, etc.)
Remember:
  • taking part in architecture is not just about constructing buildings, it is also about living in them.
  • taking part in enhancement is not just about starting a business, it is also about buying cabbages at the market.
  • taking part in city life is not just about obtaining a royal order, it is also about not having a chamber pot dumped on your head!
The historical focus of each period was based on its potential to convey meaning and represent the realities and issues of the time, always with a view toward the three dimensions of Building Montréal: architecture, enhancement and city life. We thus designed each focus so it would be possible to simultaneously explore elements of the urban framework, economic structure or social network specific to Montréal.

© Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaelogy and History 2006. All Rights Reserved.

 

THE

THREE ERAS

 

 

 

 

17 th century

1642-1700

 

PRECARIOUS CITY

Missionary utopia to fur-trade capital

 

 

18 th century

1700-1800

 

MILITARY CITY

French merchant town to British commercial Read More

 

THE

THREE ERAS

 

 

 

 

17 th century

1642-1700

 

PRECARIOUS CITY

Missionary utopia to fur-trade capital

 

 

18 th century

1700-1800

 

MILITARY CITY

French merchant town to British commercial city

 

 

19 th century

1800-1900

 

PORT CITY

Colonial port to Canadian metropolis

 


© Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaelogy and History 2006. All Rights Reserved.

Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • explain the importance of the foundation of Montreal in New France from 1642 to 1900;
  • put into context the socio-economic cleavages specific to that time;
  • demonstrate the importance of Montreal as a hub for British North America.

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